ZTE has announced not only a new phone, but a new brand name to go along with it – the Nubia Z5. The phone is the latest addition to the growing range of tablet/smartphone hybrids with 5-inch, 1080p displays, a form factor which has suddenly exploded in popularity – mainly with manufacturers it seems – and is likely to be one of the biggest mobile trends in 2013.
The screen is listed as being made by Sharp and boasts a 443ppi pixel density, while powering the massive, high resolution screen is a 1.5GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. There’s also 32GB of internal memory, but no mention of a microSD card slot to expand this figure.
The next large number on the Nubia Z5′s spec sheet is the 13 megapixel camera with a Konica Minolta lens, plus a 2 megapixel forward facing video call camera too, however there are two important figures which are lower than one may expect – the 126 gram weight and the 7.6mm chassis thickness. Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is installed and a 2300mAh battery runs the show.
ZTE’s new Nubia range is reserved for high-end smartphones and its circular logo has been used on the phone to pinpoint a button below the screen. It’s only for the Chinese market at the moment, but has a GSM, CDMA and China-specific WCDMA compatible radio. This means an international release is likely, and it could be coming at CES 2012, when ZTE unveils the Grand S – the possible international name for the Nubia Z5.
It’s an exciting phone with an amazing specification, and if the price is as competitive as ZTE’s other phones, it could have a real winner on its hands.